I’m sitting here doing some homework working with Metadata, Semantic Links, Hypertext Attributes, etc. So, as you can imagine, I’m taking a little breather to do some blogging. It’s Monday night at 9 p.m., and URLs are the very last thing I want to think about this evening. So I’m ignoring them. Sort of. I mean, the book is open right in front of me on the desk, but if I squint and keep my eyes focused on the computer monitor, I can’t even see it. Works for me.
Do you dream much? I’m not talking about thinking about your future yet. I’m talking about dreaming in your sleep. I’m sure I have dreams every night. I VERY SELDOM remember my dreams. When I do remember my dreams, I feel like they mean something, you know? I mean, why would I not remember 99.9% of my dreams and then the few that I remember not mean something?
Fortunately for me, I’ve got a friend who has studied dream symbols and what they usually mean. You know, water usually symbolizes this, a house, usually this, a fire, this and so on. Since I seldom remember my dreams, when I do, I type them out and email them to her, and she tells me what she thinks. It’s not an exact science, but I’ll tell you what, most of the time she’s dead-on.
While I’m not going to bore you with the details, but I do want you to read some quotes from her email back to me and see if it bears witness to what I’ve been talking about on here
I was waiting in line to use the restroom at a convenience store in one of the dreams. “The convenience store represents something that can be picked up quickly and easily but sometimes at a higher cost. Wanting to use the restroom indicates a desire (or need) to eliminate waste or clutter from your life and perhaps get a cleansing of sorts (from the Lord). A renewal.”
In another a friend bought a house in Springfield and I was really upset that she was moving. “Also, it’s in Springfield. Think of that…SPRING and FIELD. What do both represent? Spring = newness; Field = where seeds are planted and spring forth. Planting is done in the spring. You are upset in the dream…but there is no reason to be. You are in the house. This is new. But God wants to reveal things to you about it that you haven’t yet seen.”
I don’t know about you, but that kinda gets me excited. Yes, it was my dream, so I’m probably a little more excited than you might be, but still…it’s exciting. Everything else she wrote to me as her thoughts on all three dreams rang true with everything I’d been feeling and I think writing about on here.
I got a chance to actually talk to my friend over the weekend, and she brought up the dreams. I told her that I really believed that it was going along with everything in my life at the moment and that I felt she was hit the nail smack dab on the head. But then she said this, and I’m paraphrasing: Sometimes it’s also God’s way of saying, Hey. It’s me. I’m here going through this with you. I know this is what you’re feeling, so I just wanted to let you know that I’m here for you.
I spoke with someone today who asked me what my dream was. She wasn’t talking about the sleeping dreams. We were talking about things that I wasn’t entirely satisfied with in my life, and she posed to me a question. She said, “If you can only pick one dream that you want to come true right now at this point in your life, something that you want to achieve or do, and I’ve got two options for you here and now, what would you choose?” My answer? “I don’t know.” Then she asked me the question I’m going to have to answer before I can even start approaching the last one.
“What is your passion?”
My answer? “I don’t know.”
I’m going to spend a week thinking about it. You may even get some insight into my thoughts on the whole subject as we go through the week. You may not. We’ll just have to see.
I want to leave you with another quote from my dream friend. “It seems there is a strong desire in your heart to push some things aside, center down and focus on the Lord…get rid of clutter and waste, in a spiritual sense…get quiet before the Lord…get before Him for any cleansing that may need done (we are renewed by the washing of the water of the word).”
“…just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the Word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.” Ephesians 5:25-27
So here’s the biggie: What’s your passion?